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    Safe Routes To School Program Notes

    Available Funding

    The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is scheduled to receive approximately $1 million per year from Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal Year 2009 for Safe Routes To School projects.  This estimate may vary due to constraints Congress places on Federal budgets.

    The maximum amount any one applicant can request is $200,000.00

    Project Selection

    Applicants will submit the applications to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department by the published deadline.  Staff will review all applications to determine if they are eligible and complete.  Complete applications for eligible programs/projects will be transmitted to the Arkansas Safe Routes To School Advisory Committee.  This group has membership representing the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, the Arkansas Municipal League, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, one of Arkansas’ eight planning and development districts, the Arkansas Safe Schools Association, the Arkansas Association of School Administrators and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

    The Arkansas Safe Routes To School Advisory Committee will rate each application based on the point system as indicated in the application.  They will develop a list of projects recommended for funding.  The list will be presented to the Arkansas Highway Commission for their consideration.  Projects approved by the Commission will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration with a request for concurrence.

    Upon Federal Highway Administration’s approval, all applicants will be notified and project sponsors will be invited to a Safe Routes To School Project Administration Workshop.

    Engineering / Consultant Services

    The Options for engineering services to development of plans and construction specifications are;

    Option 1  Use AHTD on call engineering services
    One of the Department’s on call consultants will be assigned to the project at no cost to the Sponsor.

    Option 2  Procure engineering services using the AHTD approved consultant Local Agency Consultant Selection Procedures.
    A maximum of 15% of the awarded funding will be reimbursable for engineering services.

    Option 3  Procure engineering services (without using the AHTD consultant selection procedure).
    Cost for engineering services will not be reimbursable.

    Option 4  Use your own in house services (example: city engineer)
    Cost for engineering services will not be reimbursable.

    Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance

    All Safe Routes To School projects will be compliant with standards for barrier free access developed as a result of the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990   An excellent resource for information regarding these standards is the United States Department of Justice’s web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm .

    There may be individual cases where exceptions to this requirement will be necessary.  Such exceptions will be granted in writing on a case by case basis by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

    Projects constructed out of the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 compliance and without a written exception will not be eligible for reimbursement.


    The Five E's

    Each application for Safe Routes To School funding will be evaluated by how well it addresses each of the five E's: education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement, and evaluation.

    Education
    Teaching children, and through them, their parents, about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in important lifelong bicycling and walking safety skills, and launching driver safety campaigns in the vicinity of schools.

    Enforcement
    Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure traffic laws are obeyed in the vicinity of schools (this includes enforcement of speeds, yielding to pedestrians in crossings, and proper walking and bicycling behaviors), and initiating community enforcement such as crossing guard programs.

    Engineering
    Creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduce speeds and potential conflicts with motor vehicle traffic, and establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways.

    Encouragement
    Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling.

    Evaluation
    Monitoring and documenting outcomes and trends through the collection of data, including the collection of data before and after the intervention(s).

    Right-Of-Way

    Access to right-of-way for Safe Routes To School infrastructure projects must be obtained by the applicant without the use of Safe Routes To School funding.  This can be in the form of fee-simple ownership or a long-term, 25-year or greater, easement or lease.

    In some cases along Arkansas highways, right-of-way owned and managed by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department may be available for these projects.  If so, a permit to use this property must be obtained from your local Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department District Office.  To determine the name, location, and phone number of your District Permit Officer, call 501-569-2000.  Early coordination, prior to submitting your application, is a necessity.

    Maintenance

    Safe Routes To School infrastructure project maintenance is the responsibility of the applicant.  Applicants can enter into cooperative agreements with other entities to perform required maintenance.  A copy of any such agreement must be submitted with the project application.

     

     

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